Thursday Theology: Gospel Agents as “Trackers”

Co-Missioners, “Tracking” is a term Crossings practitioners use for a process that examines the contents of an everyday life for signs of correlation with issues surfaced in Scriptural texts. It starts and ends with careful listening to people the Word of God aims to address in today’s moment. Such listening is more important than ever in 2019—assuming, that …

Thursday Theology: Why Luther’s First Thesis Still Matters

Co-Missioners, On this 502nd anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, we remind you of the first of them: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt. 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Such is the speck of a pebble that launched the continental rockslide we know in retrospect as …

Thursday Theology: Talking Faithfully About Justification

Co-Missioners, Lutherans in America, if not elsewhere in the world, will celebrate Reformation Sunday three days from now. We will do so as usual in several rival camps, each with its set of gripes about the others, each with its distinct penchant for obscuring the Gospel we all claim to celebrate. Not that any camp would admit to …

Thursday Theology: A Dose of Bertram in Anticipation of Reformation Sunday

Co-Missioners, Some of us are already starting to slip our Reformation caps on. This year’s annual Lutheran observance, on October 27, is but three Sundays hence. The day’s Epistle, Romans 3:21-28, ends with the resounding declaration that “a person is justified by faith.” So really, what does that mean? With this in mind, we take you today to …

Thursday Theology: “Shut Up, Already!” Part Two

Co-Missioners, “Let all mortal flesh keep silence / and in fear and trembling stand….” See below for the second and final installment of Fred Niedner’s presentation at the Crossings’ conference this past January. Last week’s first installment closed with a reflection on Job which bears reviewing as you step into this. A reminder that we’re taking registrations for …

Thursday Theology: “Shut Up, Already!” Part One

Co-Missioners, The dates are January 26-29. That’s when the 2020 Crossings Conference is set to unfold. The venue as always is the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. The lineup of speakers is, dare we say, dynamic. One of them is traveling all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Another was born and raised in …